It is official: SCMS-Cochin is now a world-class B-school. The institution now has the unique distinction of being among just a handful of B-schools in India that have met the exclusively high standards of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a global agency that is responsible for the accreditation of business schools. Headquartered in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, the ACBSP’s Board of Commissioners confirmed the accreditation of SCMS-Cochin on May 1, 2012.
Accreditation is considered the hallmark of a quality B-school education, and students at SCMS-Cochin are thrilled by the honor bestowed upon it from the ACBSP. Given that this accreditation can have life changing consequences for the students, Chintu Motwani, first year student sums up the overall sentiment of those on the SCMS-Cochin campus:
“This makes us only the 7th B-school in India to have won the ACBSP’s stamp of approval. Globally, this means greater visibility for SCMS-Cochin and better placement opportunities for its students, as most of the global corporate giants have a policy of visiting only ACBSP accredited B-schools for recruitment. For all of us who are currently at SCMS-Cochin, as well as the students in the forthcoming batches, this is absolutely amazing.”
For the faculty, the journey has been just as rewarding as the end results. For Prof. Mariakutty Varkey , HOD Systems Department the accreditation is just another indicator of the excellence one can expect at SCMS-Cochin.
“Not only is the endorsement by ACBSP a testimony to the robustness and relevancy of our teaching methods at SCMS-Cochin, but it also shows that we are equally willing to learn. The accreditation process has also helped us to integrate a series of globally recognized best practices with regard to our programs and courses.”
SCMS-Cochin has consistently been ranked among the top B-schools in India, the top three B-schools in South India and the best B-school in Kerala. It has been an AICTE-approved institute for many years and has been conferred with the ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality. Given these credentials, maintaining high standards was not a new concept for SCMS-Cochin when Dr. Bijoy Sahoo, Dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University, undertook the task of mentoring SCMS-Cochin for the accreditation process. Dr. Sahoo feels that SCMS-Cochin has truly transformed into a world-class B-school.
“The faculty at SCMS-Cochin has always been great in terms of qualification and diligence towards their responsibility of grooming the future global business leaders. They take pride in what they do. Individually, they were self-aware, but as a group, they were not strong enough before the accreditation process. Now, I find them interacting more among themselves and moving as a team. That is a magical change. It has brought in the ‘wow’ factor in SCMS-Cochin.”